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Are Iowa and South Carolina voters ready for Bernie Sanders?

Vermont's independent senator is scheduled to appear in those first-in-the-nation presidential states, starting this Thursday in South Carolina and Sept. 13-14 in Iowa.

Sanders, who doesn't shy away from the "Democratic socialist" label, is considering a 2016 presidential race and traveling the country talking about wealth and income inequality. "If we don't deal with this issue, we are not going to have a middle class in this country," Sanders said in a video message for the Iowa AFL-CIO annual meeting.

The video was included in a schedule sent out by Sanders' political operation, which notes that he'll also be in North Carolina and Mississippi this week.

But it's Thursday's town hall meeting in Columbia, S.C., and similar events next month in Iowa that jump out, since both are key early voting states. Sanders was in Iowa in May and New Hampshire in June.

Senator Sanders' Town Hall event will be held at The Lourie Center inside Maxcy Gregg Park, at 1650 Park Circle, Columbia, starting at 7:00PM.

Sanders' schedule will put him in Iowa, which holds the nation's first presidential caucuses, at the same time as Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is also considering a presidential bid. Sanders recently told ABC News that he has a lot of respect for Clinton" but I'm not quite sure that the political process is one in which we anoint people."

Sanders' Town Hall event will be held at The Lourie Center inside Maxcy Gregg Park, at 1650 Park Circle, Columbia, starting at 7:00PM.

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